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I didn’t get a chance to tackle Harula’s prompt from Wednesday Writer’s Well yesterday, so I’m giving it a go this morning. Harula says (this is sort of like Simon Says! Giggle!):

Writing Prompt: Let it Go

Each week, I share one of the writing prompts used the previous Friday in my weekly workshop, along with an example of what was written in response. Today’s prompt (allow just 3 to 5 mins in total) is quite simply to write whatever comes in response to this phrase…Let it Go

elsa___let_it_go__by_stevegibson-d7be9kiThe first thing that came to my mind when I read this prompt was, if I COULD let go of anything I think it would be expectations. Not just expectations about certain things (you know how you always build special events up in your mind and then they never quite live up to your imagination), but expectations PERIOD!

How less stressful would life be if we didn’t have to labor under the ideas of how we think things ought to turn out? How much easier would life seem if we could just learn to roll with the punches and not be unpleasantly surprised about life happenings? It certainly wouldn’t keep the highs from being high, in fact, I’d think they’d be even more so. But just maybe it would make the lows not quite as low.

The second thing that came to my mind was, can a person actually live WITHOUT expectations? Aren’t expectations one of the things that pull us into the future? The act of looking forward to what comes next? So what would happen if we DIDN’T have anything to look forward to? Life would seem really dull, and maybe I’d be asking myself, what’s the point anyway? Is this all there is?

Still, I think I’d like to try to live by letting go of expectations for a few days just to see what that feels like…


Picture Source: SteveGibson – DeviantArt